The State of Minnesota recognizes aquaculture (privately raising fish or other aquatic life) as agriculture.

If you currently raise fish or are interested in raising and selling fish, shrimp, shellfish, or other aquatic life, this page will guide you to information and resources that might be helpful.

Designing aquaculture systems and raising fish

Grants and loans

We offer Value-Added Grants, Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grants, Beginning Farm Loans, Farm Opportunity Loans, Livestock Equipment and Expansion Loans, and other kinds of financial support that aquaculture may be eligible for.

  • Grants, 651-201-6500
  • Loans, 651-201-6004

Marketing fish and fish products

Licenses, permits, and rules

State aquaculture plan

We are currently working with aquaculture industry leaders on the creation of a state aquaculture plan. The plan is due to the Legislature in February of 2025 and will outline opportunities, needs, and challenges for a vibrant aquaculture industry in Minnesota.

For more information and to provide input, visit Minnesota Aquaculture Plan.


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